Feb. 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State track & field program split competition on Friday as part of the team returned to South Bend, Ind., for the first of two days of competition at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational.
Meanwhile, the throwers traveled to Ohio for the Findlay Open. The meet, hosted by the University of Findlay, was highlighted by seven athletes who are currently ranked in the top-10 in the United States in their respective events.
"We had a great meet at Findlay," said assistant coach John Newell. "AJ (Antonio James) threw for his second-best throw of all time and Beth (Rohl) broke the meet and facility record to take the win. It was pretty solid competition at the meet, so it was nice to have two very good performances."
For the second-straight meet, redshirt senior Beth Rohl (No. 4) claimed an individual title in the weight throw while breaking a facility and meet record, as she hit a mark of 21.38m/ 70-1¾ in the elite competition.
In the shot put, redshirt sophomore Antonio James (No. 10) threw for a mark of 17.91m/ 58-9¼ to place fifth overall in the elite competition.
Michigan State also saw a promising first day of competition at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational. The 26th annual meet, hosted by University of Notre Dame, sees elite competition and over 50 schools in attendance.
The Spartans kicked off the meet with sophomore Kassie Powell clearing 3.70m/ 12-1½ to tie for seventh in the pole vault.
Senior Kaylee Finney recorded a mark of 14.65m/ 48-0 in the weight throw, good for 20th overall.
On the men's side, sophomore DeVantré Whitelow crossed the finish in 6.87 in the prelims of the 60-meter dash to advance. He went on to place sixth in the semi-finals with a time of 6.82 to qualify for the final on Saturday afternoon.
In the last event of the night, sophomore Jarred Gambrell finished 12th, posting a mark of 6.91m/ 22-8 in the long jump.
The Spartans continue competition on Saturday, Feb. 2 with the 3,000-meter run slated to begin at 10 a.m.